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BROWNSBURG — There was plenty of black and gold in the stands at the Indiana Senior vs. Junior boys All-Star game, and for good reason.

Purdue-bound forwards Caleb Furst and Trey Kaufman-Renn helped the Indiana Seniors hold off a pesky Indiana Junior squad in a 127-106 win Wednesday night at Brownsburg High School.

Furst, the Indiana Mr. Basketball from Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, had 22 points, while Kaufman-Renn, a Silver Creek standout, had 22 points. Both will be part of Purdue’s incoming freshman class for the 2021-22 season.

South Bend Riley guard Blake Wesley, heading to Notre Dame this summer, had a team-high 24 points for the Seniors.

Leland Walker nearly stole the show for the Juniors, as the 5-foot-10 guard from North Central finished with 24 points, going 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Indiana commitment C.J. Gunn of Lawrence North had six points and three blocks, including an impressive block at the rim against Furst early in the game. Barr-Reeve’s Hagen Knepp had five points in 13:26, including a basket, a trey, two rebounds and two assists.

Behind Furst, the Seniors led by as many as 16 points in the first half. But the Juniors made a late first-half charge behind Walker, who made back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the Senior lead to 51-43. Homestead’s Fletcher Loyer followed with a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run that cut the Senior lead to five points.

The Juniors kept charging, as guard Jalen Jackson sank a 3-pointer to cut the Senior lead to 53-51, then made a putback shot with three seconds remaining in the first half to cut the Senior lead to 56-55 at halftime.

Furst scored eight of the first 13 points for the Seniors and finished the first half with 13 points.

In the earlier game Wednesday night, the Senior girls All-Stars topped the Junior All-Stars 94-69. Lawrence North’s Jayla Smith, who is headed to Purdue, led the Seniors with 16 points and six assists.

Washington’s Alaina Torne played 12 minutes, went 1-3 from the floor and added two free throws. She also had four rebounds and a steal.

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